In an unprecedented move, Attorney General Menachem Mazuz Ordered Monday a third criminal investigation be launched against Prime Minister Ehud Olmert.
The investigation spans Olmert's tenure as industry, trade and labor minister in Ariel Sharon's government, when he allegedly approved dozens of political nominations through the Israel Small and Medium Enterprise Authority.
Olmert is currently under investigation in two other cases: the privatization of Bank Leumi and the Cremieux affair. According to police sources, the investigation into Olmert's years in the Trade Ministry seems to be the gravest of the three.
The investigation, which will be conducted by the National Fraud Unit, will apparently be monitored closely by Mazuz as well as by State Prosecutor Eran Shendar. The NFU is also heading the other two criminal investigations against Olmert.
The NFU is expected to appoint a special investigator to the Trade Ministry affair, as well as an extended team compiled of the unit's various divisions.
Following Mazuz's decision to launch another investigation against the prime minister, many in the opposition are calling for Olmert's immediate suspension, and preferably resignation, from office.